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Leading by example

Girl Scouts honor Nuveen exec Marty Willis

Marty Willis said the Girl Scouts’ core values have helped make her the leader she is today.

Nuveen's Chief Marketing Officer Marty Willis was honored with the Girl Scouts of Greater New York's Gold Achievement Award for her leadership in the financial services industry and for demonstrating the values and leadership skills the Girl Scouts look to instill in its members.

Each spring, the Girl Scouts of Greater New York honor leaders in business and philanthropy. Other honorees are Ellen Levine, former editorial director at Hearst Magazines, and Susan Nitze, a civic leader and philanthropist.

“We are always looking for exemplary examples of leadership for our girls,” Barbara Murphy Warrington, CEO of the Girl Scouts of New York, said in an interview. “With her experience in marketing and business, we thought (Ms. Willis) was a stellar example for our girls and a perfect recipient for this award.”

Ms. Warrington added the goal of the organization is to prepare girls for leadership roles in the 21st century.

Ms. Willis, a former Girl Scout, explained in an interview that the core values of “confidence, courage and character” that the program instilled in her as a young girl helped her be the leader she is today.

“As I reconnected with the Girl Scouts, I realized these values are the values I've had all my life,” Ms. Willis said.

Ms. Willis also enjoyed seeing how the Girl Scouts had modernized its brand, as the organization now teaches coding, programming and business leadership skills. “Back in my day, it was sewing and cooking,” she said.

This article originally appeared in the May 15, 2017 print issue as, "Girl Scouts honor Nuveen's Willis".